Because demand in China exceeded expectations and the version is now in short supply, the only European country to get a “greener” Macan derivative is Great Britain.
Don’t get fooled by the eco-friendly tag though, as we-re not talking about an electric or hybrid version here, just the new 2.0-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine unveiled by Porsche during last month’s Beijing motor show.
With the model being the first four cylinder equipped Porsche in almost two decades, the two liter variant is forecast internally to thoroughly outsell the larger 3.0-liter V6 equipped version, because in China the four cylinder qualifies for a 12% fuel consumption tax, while the latter is charged 25%.
“Demand will be strong in China, whereas in right-hand-drive Asian markets such as Japan, there is not such an issue of availability for the engine,” says a Porsche spokesman.
The UK version is available because it has right-hand drive, while important European markets like Germany or France will be left out – with the full production of the left-hand drive model reserved for China. The Leipzig, Germany, plant where the Macan is manufactured is now on “flat out” production to meet the Chinese demand.
The 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine is also available on the VW Golf GTI and delivers 237hp, with CO2 emissions of 168 g/km, compared to the V6’s 204g/km.